I offer a warm, empathic and boundaried space in which difficulties can be identified and explored through Psychodynamic Counselling. I am a registered member of the BACP.
At this time of the Covid-19 crisis, I am able to offer telephone and online counselling sessions by video-call.
I place the relationship at the heart of my counselling practice, which provides a sound, non-judgemental base from which past experiences, troubling patterns in relationship or behaviour, dreams, fantasies, conflicts and the meaning of suffering or symptoms can be explored. I believe that in the context of a supportive relationship profound and lasting change is possible as our experiences are understood and the stories we have become accustomed to about ourselves are allowed to shift. I draw insights from different theorists depending on the unique presentation of each person I work with. For some people creativity may be important to development or recovery, and I am open to including this in the work. I work with a wide range of issues and see adults and young people age 16+. My practice is LGBTQ+ affirmative and neuro-diversity sensitive.
I have worked for 11 years in a previous role in NHS mental health services, and have experience working with people who have experienced trauma or abuse where pacing and the ability to re-orientate to a safer present is, I believe, vitally important while looking at experiences which feel unbearable.
I have extensive experience working with people who are diagnosed or identify as on the autistic spectrum and value neuro-diversity as well as recognising the pain and difficulty this can bring for some people while trying to navigate life in a predominantly neuro-typical world.
I am conversant in issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and accept people's sexual orientation and gender identity.
The initial session will give you a chance to meet me and to discuss if Psychodynamic Counselling is right for you. We will need to discuss confidentiality and consent, and I will gather some background information. We will also need to arrange the frequency and cost of sessions.
While counselling can be challenging, it can also be a rich, creative and rewarding experience which makes sense of suffering and creates meaning with a supportive and non judgemental other.
I practice from private counsulting rooms at Brighton Therapy Centre and currently offer telephone and video-call sessions during the Covid-19 crisis.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post-graduate diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling (University of Brighton)
NCFE Level 2 & 3 in Counselling Theory and Practice
Post-graduate dipolma in Children and Young People's IAPT therapy (University College London)
Diploma of higher education in Mental Health Nursing (Oxford Brookes University)
BA Honours in English Literature (University of Sussex)
I have 11 years of experience supporting people in psychological distress in NHS mental health services in a nursing role.
I have provided counselling at The University of Sussex and currently practice at Brighton Therapy Centre.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee is £50 per 50 minute session.
I am committed to making counselling accessible and am able to offer concessions, if you are unable to afford the standard fee, please discuss this with me.
My consulting rooms in Lewes are accessible via one flight of stairs, I regret that I am not able to provide wheelchair access.
I hold a current enhanced DBS.
There is likely to be street parking available. Consulting rooms are located 2 minutes walk from the 28/29 bus stop connecting to Brighton and surrounding area, and is a 15 minute walk from Lewes station.